This is my course work at Helsinki Comics Center. The theme was vaguely around psychological problems.
The idea behind this is that when Finnish soldiers got home 1944 and 1945, they did not receive practically any mental treatment or help. The war was a traumatic experience for most, and since it was very unmanly to show feelings, many broke down in the gloominess of sauna. Usually most did not talk about their experiences to their family.
It should be also noted that at that time most Finns lived in the countryside, and every house had it's own sauna. There was no running water, so people did not shower, but rather bathed in saunas every week. Finnish private saunas are mixed by default and couples most definitely go together into sauna. That the woman delays her coming in by taking her time on making a vasta (birch branches tied together, you kind of whip yourself with it) would not be normal, but she wants to let her man have his quiet moment.
Inspired by Vuokko Hovatta's song Hiljaiset vuodet, though the story here might not be that dreadful.